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Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

This biography shows Heinz Kohut (1913-1981) as a paradigmatic figure in American intellectual life; a charismatic man whose ideas embodied the hopes and confusions of a country still in turmoil after war and Holocaust.  Kohut stood at the center of the mid-twentieth-century psychoanalytic movement and then transformed it in the next two decades.  Born in Vienna, Kohut was raised in an assimilated Jewish family, imbued with European high culture. He trained in medicine at the University of Vienna before being forced to emigrate in 1939 after the Nazis took over.  Kohut settled in Chicago where he made his life for the next four decades.

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Lincoln’s Quest For Union

In Lincoln’s Quest for Union, Charles Strozier gives the most probing account available of Lincoln’s inner life–from the time he was a young man in Illinois, just finding himself, through his ascent to the presidency when he guided the nation and articulated for the country the meaning of the Civil War

Your Friend Forever

On April 15, 1837, a “long, gawky” Abraham Lincoln walked into Joshua Speed’s dry-goods store in Springfield, Illinois, and asked what it would cost to buy the materials for a bed. Speed said seventeen dollars, which Lincoln didn’t have. He asked for a loan to cover that amount until Christmas…


Showing how the tensions of modern life lead people to accept the idea of apocalyptic renewal, an in-depth exploration of Christian fundamentalism offers unique insights into the psychology of their thinking on a wide variety of issues.

The Fundamentalist Mindset

This penetrating book sheds light on the psychology of fundamentalism, with a particular focus on those who become extremists and fanatics. What accounts for the violence that emerges among some fundamentalist groups? The contributors to this book identify several factors…

Until The Fires Stopped Burning

Charles B. Strozier’s college lost sixty-eight alumni in the tragedy of 9/11, and the many courses he has taught on terrorism and related topics since have attracted dozens of survivors and family members. A practicing psychoanalyst in Manhattan, Strozier…

Self Psychology and Humanities

Heinz Kohut, one of the most influential psychoanalysts of the twentieth century, developed the concepts and theories of self psychology. This posthumous book presents his writings and teachings, about the role of the individual, as well as of the “group self,” in history, art, religion, and politics.

The Leader

Behind every leader is an instructive life story. It often promotes a public image that inspires others to live by it. And, sometimes, even to live or to die for it. As leadership qualities and image issues gain significance in the public discourse, the psychological study of leadership is a critical factor in any discussion. With its trenchant insights into leaders…

The Year 2000

The Year 2000 is at hand. The end of the millennium means many things to many people, but it has significance for almost everyone. A thousand years ago, monks stopped copying manuscripts and religious building projects came to a halt as panic swept Europe. Today, anxiety about global warming, government power, superviruses,…

Trauma and Self

This remarkable collection of original essays, written by prominent scholars recognized for their achievements in a wide range of disciplines, defines trauma as a disruption in the fragile process of symbolization, or the human capacity to imbue life with meaning by representing the self’s immortality.

Genocide, war, and Human Survival

From the tragic workings of the Holocaust and Hiroshima to contemporary examples of genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda, this provocative collection of original essays examines the enduring impact of cataclysmic events on the modern human psyche.

Chuck Strozier Books in chronological order:

    • Self Psychology and the Humanities: Reflections on a New Psychoanalytic Approach (1985)
    • Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America (1994)
    • Trauma and the Self (1996)
    • Genocide, War, and Human Survival (1996)
    • The Year 2000: Essays on the End (1997)
    • Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst (2001)
    • Lincoln’s Quest for Union: A Psychological Study (revised edition) (2001)
    • The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History (2010)
    • Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnesses (2011)
    • Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln:  The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed (2016)

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